Fort Bend Museum, Houston

Fort Bend Museum officially opened in 1972. Located in the Richmond area, the museum brings the rich history of Fort Bend County to life within a historic Moore Mansion that was built in 1883.

The museum is a property owned by the Fort Bend History Association and has great offerings for visitors.

There’s an Exhibit Gallery where you can gain an understanding of life in the past along the Brazos River bend. Your visit to the gallery won’t be complete without seeing various artifacts, including:

  • Carrie Nation’s infamous hatchet
  • San Jacinto Battleground’s artifacts
  • F. Terry’s saddle – He was shot dead in 1861, sitting in this saddle while leading his Texas Rangers in their first battle in Kentucky.

You can also take a tour of the historic Moore castle, which was the residence of Congressman John Matthew and Lottie Dyer Moore. The mansion continued to house four generations of the Moores. In 2001, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Another place worth touring in the museum is the Long-Smith Cottage. The cottage was constructed around 1855, making it one of Richmond’s oldest buildings. The Fort Bend Museum also offers a wide range of educational programs for adults, teens, and children. 

These educational activities are held either at the Museum or at various sites across the Richmond Historic District. The museum management can bring some programs to your community event or school.

Fort Bend Museum is open to visitors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays. On Saturday, you can visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

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